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Latest news: Alexander Maconochie Centre

ACT Government’s weekly roundup

Record-breaking tourist numbers; Canberra Health Services's research; a dragon boat facility; a playgroup for detainees' children; and more.

Prisoners Aid ACT: the charity we never want to need, but just might

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ most recent Prisoners in Australia report, as at June 2022, 77 per cent of the ACT’s then 381 prisoners had already served at least one prior prison term.

Police target offenders smuggling illicit substances into the AMC

ACT Policing is issuing a warning to anyone considering smuggling illicit substances into the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) following recent incidents.

Julie Tongs calls for inquiry into death in custody

TJ Denniss, a Canberra Aboriginal man, took his own life in a NSW prison on the weekend. Julie Tongs wants an independent inquiry.

Inmates at Alexander Maconochie Centre embrace mindful work

Detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre have embraced lid-sorting work for Canberra charity Lids4Kids and they are gaining experience – and teaching Lids4kids – in skills for the fast-emerging plastic recycling industry.

Jailbreak on Canberra airwaves for ACT inmates

Jailbreak is the longest running prison radio program in the world (25 years) and it’s transmitting right here in Canberra on 2XX 98.3 FM to prison inmates at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Every...

AMC detainees charged for contravening family violence orders

In the last month, ACT Policing charged three detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) for contravening family violence orders whilst on remand.  

New AMC custodial officer wants to make a difference

Most people want to keep out of prison, but not Leigh Coates. She talks about training, capsicum spray, and how positive the AMC is.

Without smokes, fire? Concerns over ACT’s tobacco-free prison policy

Smoking will be banned in Canberra’s prison, the Alexander Maconochie Centre, by mid-year, but Julie Tongs OAM is worried.

ROGS: Indigenous overrepresentation in ACT justice system worsening

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 20 times more likely to be in prison in the ACT than non-Indigenous people.

Christmas at the Alexander Maconochie Centre

Detainees and correctional officers at at the Alexander Maconochie Centre, Canberra's prison, will celebrate Christmas.

Review finds conditions for ACT prisoners have worsened

Conditions for detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre have declined since 2019, the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services (ICS) found.